Auction 351 Illustrated Books 19th - 21st c.
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EROTICA - SURREALISM -- BELLMER -- HUGNET, G. Œuillades ciselées en branche. Paris, Éd. Jeanne Bucher, (1939). (48) pp. W. 25 cold. illustr. by Hans Bellmer in text, printed in shades of pink, brown, olive-green, russet, blue and violet, of which 7 full-p. Sm-8° (130 x 94 mm). Or. pink paper wrps. w. overlay of white filigreed paper (paper doily). (Wrps. faded/discold. and faintly stained/thumbed, spine label fails, spine a bit worn (the filigreed paper gone), a bit loose(ning), but else in good interior condition).

One of 200 numbered copies (of 231), printed in heliogravure by J.J. Taneur. The text is reproduced from calligraphy. The drawings by Bellmer present little girls at play: "Projecting his own purience onto his subjects, Bellmer included one drawing of a girl, legs lifted, examining her genitals in an ornate mirror. (…). The original French phrase, 'œillades ciselées en branche', was borrowed from a sign in a market offering bunches of grapes still attached to branches from the vine. Bellmer and Hugnet responded to the double meaning of 'œillades' - 'bunches' and 'glances' - especially since an 'œillade' can be an ogling glance, a leer." - Cf. S. Taylor. 'H. Bellmer in The Art Institute of Chicago: The Wandering Libido and the Hysterical Body'. (1996). - This copy, numbered 153, given to the artist Melle Oldeboerrigter ('Melle') (1908-1975) by Charles Jongejans (1918-1995), graphic designer.

€ 1800

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